Port officials and local residents broke ground this week on the Crosstown Freeway Ramp Expansion Project at the Caltrans Maintenance Yard in Stockton, which will divert traffic away from the Boggs Tract community.
When finished, the crosstown freeway redirect thousands of daily trucks that drive through the Boggs Tract neighborhood and lead them directly to the port.
The $140 million project is expected to increase jobs in Stockton as well as help grow the port. According to Port officials, the number of trucks that will use the crosstown freeway ramp will grow by thousands in the next few years and will decrease truck traffic in south Stockton.
The project will also divert traffic away from Washington Elementary School.
The Crosstown Freeway connects Highway 99 and Interstate 5 to downtown Stockton. Traffic not heading along I-5 comes back to Fresno Avenue in Boggs Tract.
The twin bridges will take traffic over Fresno Avenue and over a railroad line to Navy Drive, which will be turned into a four-lane road with auxiliary lanes.
Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty and other transportation and elected officials attended groundbreaking ceremony. The project was in part financed by two voter-approved ballot measures, a statewide transportation bond, Proposition B, and San Joaquin County’s 1/2-cent sales tax, Measure K.
Construction is expected to begin next month.